As most of us know, it’s very difficult to fit in the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. However, there is a great substitute for this that a lot of us tend to overlook: napping! This little nugget of luxury is something that gets thrown by the wayside upon adulthood. It’s unfortunate since adequate sleep provides so many benefits and even contributes to longevity.
Research by NASA shows that naps escalate performance. Their pilots who took 25 minute naps were twice as focused and more attentive than those who didn’t. NASA also found that taking naps enhanced reaction times and fewer errors. Even more startling is the evidence that all of this can be gained just from napping; regardless of the length of sleep you had during the night.
NASA are not the only scientists doing research on the advantages of napping. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered that taking 90 minute naps improved memory test scores of test subjects by 10 percent, whereas skipping the nap made the scores drop by 10 percent.
If you are wondering how to obtain the perfect nap for your needs just pick out of the following:
I want to be more alert and focused
Taking a 10 to 20 minute nap increase alertness and focus for 2 hours or more. It will even reduce blood pressure.
I want to reduce brain fog
A 60 minute nap will give you all the perks of a 10 to 20 minute nap, but with the added bonus of an upgraded memory and improved learning.
I want all of the above
If you take a 90 minute nap you will reap all of the above benefits, plus no after nap grogginess.
If you are unsure what category you fall into, or you feel that you just don’t have enough time for any of this, then is recommended that you take at least a 10 minute nap. No nap is too short and it’s much better to have napped than to have not napped at all.